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Andy Flynn on an exercise walk May 11th near Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Andy Flynn, used with permission
Andy Flynn on an exercise walk May 11th near Saranac Lake. Photo: Andy Flynn, used with permission

In public battle to lose weight, victories and dark days

Back in January, we profiled Andy Flynn, a veteran Adirondack journalist now with the Lake Placid News who's been publicly documenting his effort to lose weight and live a more healthy lifestyle.

Beginning in December 2013, Flynn launched a column and blog describing his efforts to lose more than 200 pounds. He sat down recently with our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann to give an update on his journey, which has seen enormous victories and also some dark, difficult days.  Go to full article

Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.  Go to full article
We're all humans, and not all of our employees are as healthy as they'd like to be.

Creating healthier workplaces

Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose weight or get more exercise? Some local small businesses are doing their part to help their employees stay healthy at the workplace. Wellness programs are not new. They've been staples at large companies for years, but are less likely to be used at small businesses. That's changing.

Amid soaring health spending, there is growing interest in workplace disease prevention and wellness programs to improve health and lower costs. Eager to control rising health care costs, small firms in St. Lawrence County are turning to a health experts for help. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Government revising diet guidelines as obesity rises

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the obesity epidemic in America continues to get worse. In nine states - all in the South or Midwest - a third of the population is obese. Not a single state had a rate of adult obesity below 15 percent, the goal set by federal government's Healthy People program.

The Northeast is slimmer than other parts of the country. But, still, a quarter of all New Yorkers are obese.

Jeffrey Levi of the Trust for America's Health calls obesity "one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced."

Some people say the government is partly to blame for America's obesity problem - because of the federal dietary guidelines. Julie Grant reports on efforts to improve how the government offers nutritional advice.  Go to full article

Experts: Solving childhood obesity goes beyond dinner table

Health experts say American children face a growing epidemic of obesity. By some measures, one out of every four kids in New York state is seriously overweight, triggering secondary diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Yesterday, healthcare experts and activists gathered for a summit in Lake Placid to talk about solutions. But as Brian Mann reports, raising healthier kids may mean making changes beyond the dinner table.  Go to full article

Beefy Guy Buys Organic Bovine

Each year, Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on diets and diet aids. Low carbohydrate diets like South Beach, the Zone, and Atkins are all becoming household words and companies are scrambling to cash in. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's David Hammond looks in the mirror as he investigates the potential environmental impacts of the low-carb diet.  Go to full article

Commentary: The North Woods Diet

It seems like everyone has a new diet - the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, the Zone, Dean Cornish. Low fat. Low carb. Low cal. There are many to choose from. Commentator Tom French has tried a few over the years. He finds that it's really hard to actually lose weight, though, no matter what diet he's on. Now he's realized the one he's on most of the time is the North Woods Diet.  Go to full article

Calcium Weighs In

The Jefferson County town of Calcium celebrated the dietary benefits of milk, cheese, and yogurt yesterday as a part of the national "Got Milk?" dairy campaign. About 150 people in the Watertown area spent 4 months on a high dairy, low calorie diet and lost an average of 14 pounds each. The diet was based on research by Dr. James Hill of the University of Colorado School of Nutrition, who found eating more calcium causes the body to burn more fat. David Sommerstein talked with participant Tony Bova.  Go to full article

Eating Heart Smart Over the Holidays

Why you should be careful about holiday over-indulgence. Martha Foley talks with cardiologist Dr. Alexander Stoian, who explains why little binges hurt.  Go to full article

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving?

Turkey will be the main feature on countless dinner tables today. Commentator Paul Willcott describes how in the run-up to this day, he was tempted to become a vegetarian.  Go to full article

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